It is the Communication Board's goal to provide programming that entertains while respecting the fundamental elements of taste and propriety and the expectations of the UCLA community as a whole.
The UCLA community is made up of individuals with a rich diversity of backgrounds, customs and tastes. The UCLA community should expect us to provide a wide selection of programs that stimulate thought and entertain without causing harm or undue embarrassment. While the Communications Board respects the creativity of its broadcast producers and staff, the Communications Board in turn expects its broadcast producers and staff to respect the sensibilities of the UCLA community.
The following is an outline of standards for entertainment programming produced or distributed under the sponsorship of the Communications Board:
Our programming may not be false, misleading or deceptive. We will endeavor to present fictional material in a way that makes clear to viewers that it is fictional. Programming that is non-fictional must be accurate.
We respect the dignity of every human being. Sensitivity is necessary in the presentation of material relating to age, sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national derivation and mental or physical disability in order to avoid demeaning stereotypes.
While we respect and encourage the presentation of a wide array of opinions, we do not engage in personal factual attacks against the honesty, character, integrity or morality of identifiable persons. Where matters of controversy are presented, we will endeavor to present legitimate contrasting views.
We respect the privacy of individuals, and will not depict matters in which an individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy without his or her consent. Events that occur in public places, and conversations that the participants would reasonably expect to be overheard by non-participants, are generally not private. Events that occur in the residences of individuals and in restrooms are generally private. Medical and sexual matters involving identifiable individuals are generally private.
Language must be that which is generally acceptable in a public setting in a large public university. Coarse or vulgar language should be avoided.
Explicit sexual material, including the depiction of genitalia, should be avoided. The depiction of physical coercion intended to satisfy prurient interests is unacceptable. The exploitation of any person for sexual purposes shall not be shown as desirable, beneficial or effective in problem solving.
Alcohol and Illegal Drugs
Depictions of alcohol consumption and use of illegal drugs should be restricted to situations necessary to plot or character delineation. The abuse of alcohol and the use of illegal drugs is destructive behavior and shall not be shown as desirable, beneficial or effective in problem solving.
Depictions of violence should be used only when necessary to plot or character delineation. Explicit or excessive violence is unacceptable. Violence may not be glamorized or promoted, and it shall not be shown as desirable, beneficial or effective in problem solving.
Weapons and Illegal Activity
Instructions regarding illegal activities, or the avoidance of apprehension for such activities, are unacceptable.
Approved: April 16, 2001